WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania — A trial for a northeastern Pennsylvania man has been postponed until after the conclusion of the double-murder trial of his co-defendant.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented a joint motion to a Luzerne County judge Tuesday calling for another postponement of the often-delayed trial of Paul Weakley.
His co-defendant, Hugo Selenski, 40, is scheduled for trial in May in the 2002 strangulation deaths of Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett, both 38, whose bodies were among a number of sets of human remains found on his rural property outside Wilkes-Barre in 2003.
Weakley, 44, accused of helping Selenski in the murders, is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Arizona after pleading guilty to a racketeering conspiracy count related to the case.
He testified in a 2006 trial in which Selenski was acquitted of the murders of two other people found on the property but was convicted of abuse of a corpse.
The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens' Voice reported last fall that it had received a letter purportedly from Weakley calling reports that he would testify at Selenski's trial untrue and saying "I am not testifying." It arrived on the same day that sentencing was postponed for a man accused of plotting to kill Weakley. Prosecutors and Weakley's attorney declined to comment, citing a gag order in Selenski's case.
Selenski is already serving 32½ to 65 years in a Monroe County home invasion and could face the death penalty in the upcoming trial. Following his arrest after discovery of the remains — which authorities said could number as many as a dozen people, many badly burned — Selenski escaped from the county jail by using a rope of bed sheets in 2003 and spent several days at large.